Review also includes: Oh No, Peedie Peebles!, 28pp, 978-1780270029
These two books are a pair despite their different extents and formats, one with gatefolds, the other without. Both offer simple, repetitive statements creating gently humorous twists in contrasting situations. Both are richly illustrated in Hedderwick’s busy, crowded and cosy style and both feature the irrepressible antics of Peedie Peebles, the inquisitive toddler with attitude.
Peedie Peebles’ Summer or Winter Book has a comforting continuity in the descriptions of the things Peedie Peebles gets up to while Oh No, Peedie Peebles! is a fast-paced story about painting the rooms in the family’s new house. The ‘Oh no, Peedie Pebbles!’ refrain is frequently heard but it’s all good humoured. Hedderwick conveys what life is like with a toddler in the house and irritations are fleeting. Finally, a pleasing use of watercolour and fine pen outline the well-seen backdrops of interiors and landscape.